Thursday, January 3, 2013
7:31 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
TOM SMITH - Live At The Loft
Child's Play - Little Dog - L.A. Traffic - Snakes In My Dreams - Shoes - Letters From Home - Edgar - Quarter Moons and Dawn - Juliet's Window - Home is Who - Just Because - Hands - Through My Eyes - Festival - Behind Your Smile - On Any Given Night - Knife - Higher Ground
On one of his many tours outside his home of Nashville, Tennessee, Tom Smith finds himself in Redding, California, at the prestigious Bohemian Art Loft in Redding. His music, from the very beginning, is eclectic, 'live,' and alive. As a fellow musician, I sometimes wonder if Tom can play the same selection exactly the same a second time? Doubtful, but to me that is exactly what makes a musician with a 'gift.' And indeed, Tom Smith has the gift. He also has brand new strings on this very propulsive acoustic guitar he is playing.
Not a large audience at this session, which is quite normal for California 'folk' venues, however those that are present are enthusiastic fans and supporters of what Tom is doing with his guitar. Tom is a dedicated artist, and probably considered on the fringe area of music, but isn't that what creativity is all about. I doubt you will hear anything like Tom Smith is doing....anywhere else but where he's at.
By the fourth song on this CD, he switches to 5-string banjo, and prompts the audience to check out his shoes, the difficulties of traveling in boots, and the beauty of his 'new' shoes which ain't boots. Funny.
He stays on banjo to demonstrate the result of a 'story' about Edgar, Santa's 'front-man' elf. Quarter Moons and Dawn is also on banjo, but he slips back to guitar on Juliet's Window. By the time he gets to "Behind Your Smile" he is regaling his audience with his experiences playing in Iowa. For 5,000 tractor drivers who don't want to hear anything other than Hank Snow songs. I wonder where he is? Anyway, he has survived that experience, to not only get those tractor drivers to listen to him, but to actually like what he does. That's what I call progress.
For anyone who likes eclectic music, new and different ways to play the guitar and banjo, stories about gun fights and robbery....'today', this is the CD for you.
7:26 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
MULTI-AWARD WINNING DUO DAILEY & VINCENT
END EXTRAORDINARY YEAR WITH A TOP MUSIC HONOR,
PRIME CHART POSITION AND A NEW BOOKING DEAL WITH CAA
2013 HOLDS MORE PROMISE WITH RELEASE
OF ANXIOUSLY-AWAITED NEW ALBUM
END EXTRAORDINARY YEAR WITH A TOP MUSIC HONOR,
PRIME CHART POSITION AND A NEW BOOKING DEAL WITH CAA
2013 HOLDS MORE PROMISE WITH RELEASE
OF ANXIOUSLY-AWAITED NEW ALBUM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 3, 2013) – Last year delivered a wealth of accomplishments for Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent; the duo known as Dailey & Vincent celebrated five years in 2012. Their current release The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent (Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records) secured the group its second GRAMMY® nomination this time for “Bluegrass Album of the Year” (Awards to be held February 10, 2013) and landed at the top of Billboard’s year-end review as the #3 Bluegrass Album of 2012. This release marked the duo’s first Gospel album and debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart a week following its January 9, 2012, launch. Music critics responded in kind:
“…an irresistible album” – Washington PostDailey & Vincent toured throughout the country last year, performing over 115 shows with nearly half of them sold-out, including several high-profile and prestigious events with the Grand Ole Opry, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the ACM Honors, the BMI Awards and the IBMA Awards. Their tour schedule will continue to expand as Dailey & Vincent have signed an exclusive booking agreement with CAA, one of the world’s top talent agencies.
“…a Spirit-filled tour de force of hair-raising vocal harmony that crosses Bill Monroe with Bill Gaither…” – Country Weekly
“…a Spirit-filled tour de force of hair-raising vocal harmony that crosses Bill Monroe with Bill Gaither…” – Country Weekly
The three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Entertainers of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year winners are active in giving back to the community. The duo founded The Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Fund, administered through the Cookeville Regional Medical Foundation, a 501©(3) organization in Tennessee. It exists to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged children of Tennessee's Jackson and DeKalb counties to meet immediate medical, nutritional and educational needs not covered by insurance or other means. They helped raise over $25,000 during their September 2012 concert which brought the total monetary contribution to over $80,000 since Helping Hands’ inception in 2010.
Dailey & Vincent will release their new album, Brother of the Highway, (Rounder Records) in March 2013.
6:48 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
Vic Lawson here. Weve got something coming up in January that you might be interested in. Were having a meet the builder workshop at the store on January 13th and hopefully, many of you will be able to attend. Many of you havent heard of the Little Walter amp, but its a boutique amplifier thats very popular in the professional arena. These amps are built by hand, per order. Theyre one of the best sounding amps Ive heard. This workshop will answer any questions you may have and we expect everyone will learn a lot about tube amps in general and Little Walter amps in particular. Some great players should be here to demonstrate. We are very pleased to be able to present this workshop as we have worked on making it happen for many, many months and are doing our best to make this a dont miss event. There will be refreshments. Its a free event, just show up and bring your own folding chair unless you feel like standing for three hours. Ive actually played through a Little Walter three times. Twice live and once here in the store and it has sounded consistently great in each place. If any of you guys play in bands, tell your lead guitar players so they can come down and check them out as well. Here is the announcement from Little Walter. Phil Bradbury, builder of the Little Walter Tube Amps will be at Steel Guitar Nashville for a Meet the Builder event on Sunday, January 13th from 1pm to 4pm. The little Walter Tube Amps are a departure from the usual tube amp architecture used in music today. Phil decided to go back to the method of building that was used in the original days of tube amps. Using cloth wrapped wire and no Circuit, Tag, or Turret boards these amps are true Point-to-Point construction. Phil only uses octal (8 pin) preamp tubes that ceased to be used by major amp builders in the 1950s. The octal preamp tubes have a dynamic response that the 9 pin tubes used today lack. Players like Paul Franklin, Tommy White, Bruce Bouton, Tommy Wayne, Dan Galysh, Kyle Everson, Abe Stoklasa, and Alyn Love have discovered the tone they were looking for. Paul Franklin says it best this is not just an amp this is an instrument. Vince Gill tours with Little Walter Tube Amps and he describes the amps as truly transparent, you only hear your instrument. Vince introduced Phil to Paul at a show one night and they instantly formed a bond. Phil listened to Pauls requests and in a short time had created the PF 50/50. This is actually two separate 50 watt amps in a single cabinet. Since Paul uses a Franklin Steel with two outputs this allowed a 50 watt amp and a single 12 speaker for each output. Phil also builds the standard 50 watt that uses a pair of 6L6 power tubes as well as the VG-50 that uses a pair of 6550 power tubes. Phil will have a PF-50/50, the Standard 50, and a VG-50 on display at the Meet the Builder event for anyone to test drive. Phil will also make a presentation on Understanding the Tube Amp. This presentation will try in a non-technical way to explain the mystery of the vacuum tube and what he refers to as his Phil-osophys or Rules of Tone. Bob Hempker taking over from here. In response to learning to play songs and licks in every key, I wanted to make a couple of points. Often I work out a lick and then I proceed to learn it in every key. Ill go through the sharp keys first or Ill go through the flat keys first whichever I choose to do. It really doesnt matter. For instance, Ill play it first in C, then Ill play it in G, then D, then A, and so forth. Im traveling in perfect fifths that way. I might start in C, then go to F, then to Bb, Eb, Ab and so forth. Going down a fifth from C takes me to F, then I keep going down a fifth until I end up back in C. By then youve played it in every key. I also set a metronome in order to maintain a steady pace. Youll notice that in some positions when you learn something in all the keys, youll have some open strings to work with. This will add a little different flavor or color to it. This is a good technique to use to learn a song with also or to learn a solo part youre going to play in a song. For you guys that play double necks, figure it out in every key on both necks. Its there. You may have to hunt for it. It may require a little work, but its there. I recommend learning the chords by name, not just using the number system. Its good to know both systems so you can be comfortable no matter what situation you find yourself in. I learned a trick from some horn players several years ago when communicating onstage to tell people what key a song is in before you play it. Its hard to differentiate a C from a G if its spoken especially in a loud club. If something is in the key of C, you just hold your fist up which means no sharps or flats. If youre going to play in the key of E, you hold up four fingers for four sharps. Say youre going to play something in F. You point down with one finger. It means 1 flat. Three fingers down is Eb. Three fingers up is A. If youre hollering to a guy across the stage in a noisy club, you might say C and he might understand G. Its so much easier to yell Hey! and then hold 1 finger up. He knows that means 1 sharp which denotes the key of G. That way there isnt much chance for miscommunication. I cant stress how important it is to learn things in different keys. It helps our ear. It helps our mind. We think differently if we can play in all of the keys. It helps every aspect of our musical ability. If youll notice, many of the old big band standards and songs from Broadway musicals are not written in A or G or C. Many of those songs are written in Bb and Eb. I personally always like to learn any song the way it was originally composed. Then after Ive done that, if I want to learn a newer version, different arrangement of it or create an arrangement of my own, I can do that with a feeling that I havent compromised the song. www.steelguitar.net email@example.com www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM 4PM Monday Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday
6:43 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
HIGH VALLEY TO MAKE GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT SATURDAY, JANUARY 5th
Continuing the buzz in the New Year, High Valley will be featured in Nashville Lifestyles 9th Annual Music In The City on January 22nd. More information on the event and tickets can be found HERE.
High Valley recently debuted the video for their new single “Love You For A Long Time” on CMT and ET Online. Brothers Brad, Bryan and Curtis plan to spend 2013 touring and gearing up for the release of their US debut album, Love Is A Long Road, due out later this year.
ABOUT HIGH VALLEY: Brothers Brad (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Bryan (harmony vocals, bass guitar) and Curtis (harmony vocals, mandolin), all in their twenties, make up High Valley. The sibling trio found inspiration in the music of country music icons Alabama, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Diamond Rio and Shenandoah while growing up listening to their older sisters’ records. After sixteen years of touring and opening for the likes of superstars Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Reba McEntire in their northern homeland, High Valley is preparing to make their U.S. debut. With three Top 10 singles and a recent Artist of the Year win at the Canadian Covenant Awards to their credit, High Valley will release its first U.S. album in early 2013 through Eaglemont Entertainment as their single “Love You For A Long Time” climbs the country radio charts. For more information, please visit www.highvalleymusic.com, like them on facebook, or follow them on twitter @HighValley.
6:30 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
HANK A. THOMPSON - The Symbol
It Takes A Lot To Be A Hero - The Symbol - The Destruction of You and Me - My Dream Came True - Breakin' Every Promise - I Don't Wanna Be A Memory - The Fast Lane - The Shadow Of A Man - Thank You, Girl - No Way I Can Win
Yes, it's Hank Thompson, but not THE Hank Thompson. This Hank lives down in Texas, with an incredibly good country voice, recording the incredibly good songwriting abilities of Don Branscum who lives in Streetman, Texas. Hank does all the vocals, and uses a keyboard with lots of adaptations to give him more than adequate backing. It's actually the original songs that prevails throughout this project. Both of these patriots served in the military. Hank was in the Navy with two tours to Vietnam. Don was a Marine from 1960-1966, and later in life these two military men joined forces to produce this elegant CD about military life, times good and bad. Don's brother Billy was wounded in Vietnam, and was the inspiration for the song "The Symbol" which is really a statement espoused by all Americans, especially those who lost someone in military confrontation, or ones who came home mutilated and maimed.
Don Branscum wrote all the songs on this poignant CD, and they all are right on track with the message they reveal to the listener. Anyone and everyone that holds a special place in their heart for our military will certainly like this CD, and all the messages it reveals. There's some good heart-breakers too, just like country music has always been. Songwriting has inevitably been an outlet for telling stories about personal pain and unhappy experiences. I miss the steel guitar, especially on "The Destruction of You and Me" which could have used that inevitable 'crying' sound the steel so elegantly reveals.
It is so unfortunate that today's country music scene has fallen into a huge hole I call simply 'pop' music without the historically prevalent 'twang' in country music which proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was 'country.' Hank and Don should try the European market. There's not a song on this CD that the European's would not appreciate. There are many many country music clubs throughout Europe that would welcome with open arms this kind of performer.
Personally this is one of the best 'patriotic' and 'country cry' albums I've heard this year. Well, it's only January 3rd, so I'll bet there's more to come, but for now, it's number one.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer
6:26 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
DAVE REYNOLDS - Empty Pockets Empty Hearts
Empty Pockets Empty Hearts - There Goes My Heart - Henry Lawson - Brown Bottles - How Could I Love Her So Much - Someone To Give My Love To - I'd Do It All Over Again - Four Country Roads - Louisette - Hat Trick - The Road Goes On Forever - She Took It Like A Man - Stand Beside Me - Ancient History - I Couldn't Leave Her If I Tried - 'Til The Train Runs Out Of Track
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for good traditional singers of country music, and Australia has a host of goodun's. Received this very 'country' CD from old friend Michael T Wall who lives in Newfoundland. Dave Reynolds had me by the back of my neck on his first song. Well, mandolin and fiddle knocked me right into the 'real' country genre. It's not bluegrass though he uses a lot of bluegrass instrumentation in his arrangements, but he also uses lots of other 'country' sounds. He doesn't just stay in that groove either. He travels all around the various 'styles' of country music, from rock-a-billy (he even does a Johnny Cash show in Queensland) to a very traditional sound. He once recorded with Smoky Dawson. I will never forget my 'meeting' with Smoky at one of the old 'very country' fan fairs in Nashville. Smoky introduced himself to me, even though I was pretty much a 'don't know who you are' kind of struggling artist, but not to Smoky. It was an immediate 'mate' situation. It's the same with Dave Reynolds. He more than adequately sets his 'manner' and 'style' up front from the very beginning. Aside from the great acoustic instrumentalists he uses in this session, he also uses a fantastic steel player, Winston Black. I also like the harmonica of Bill Hillman, and the mix is just right for a lover of 'real' country music.
Dave Reynolds has received a monumental number of awards, honors, and acclimation's. The very significant "Sunnie Award" in Australia, as well as two country singles of the year and one best album of the year award. I can assure him that if somehow he can find his way to America, as a mover and shaker in the Rural Roots Music Association, he will be taken under serious consideration for international CD of the year.
It's not just his unique way with country music, he would appeal to the most modern lover of country music, as well as the traditionalist. He has a great empathy with the 'bush' being a cattle rancher himself. One of his songs (not on this album) 'Cane Toad' is a remarkable example of his ability as a songwriter. He can toss 'Waltzing Matilda" out with the best of them, and turn right around and flabbergast any rock-a-billy fan anywhere.
I like the 'mix' very much in all the songs on this CD, but more importantly this CD tells me how much we have lost in modern country music in America these days. Maybe it will take an Aussie to bring us back to the real deal.
Bob Everhart, Reviewer
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Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers Celebrate New Year With #1 Song and Announce New Band Member
Xenia, OH (January 2, 2013)—Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are welcoming a new year with open arms as they celebrate the success of their most recent Rebel Records CD, They're Playing My Song. Released October 2012, the project debuted this month on Bluegrass Unlimited's Top 15 Albums chart at #13. The CD's first single, "Bottom Of A Mountain" has been very well received by radio programmers and is #1 on the current Bluegrass Today Monthly Airplay chart. The song also moves up 6 spots to #24 on Bluegrass Unlimited's National bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs chart. In addition to receiving a glowing review in the January issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, They're Playing My Song has also made its way onto several "Best of 2012" lists including Top KBCS Releases of 2012 (Bluegrass Ramble with Tom Voorhees and Tom Keeney) and WHUS "Bluegrass Cafe" with Amy Orlomoski.
Even with the success of They're Playing My Song and a busy touring schedule planned for 2013, it is still a bittersweet time for the band as they say goodbye to an original member of the band, Adam McIntosh. Adam has accepted a new position with the Mandolin Store in Arizona so that he can concentrate on one of his other passions in life, buying and selling instruments. Adam and his family have a longtime friendship with Dennis and Kathy Vance, and have relocated to Arizona for Adam to help manage their growing business. It presents the first change ever in the Radio Ramblers lineup since the band organized in the Spring of 2006.
"I wouldn't trade the last 6 1/2 years of my life for anything," stated Adam. "The four guys I've had the honor to travel and play music with have truly become like brothers to me and as much as I hate to leave, the time has come. My two daughters, Jonna and Libby, along with my wife Jessica, mean the world to me and deserve more of my attention. As a member of Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, I've been blessed to share in some amazing accomplishments and for that I will always be grateful. I wish the band more success than they ever dreamed, and I humbly thank each and every one of our fans for making this so much fun."
"We love Adam and his great vocal and guitar style and are so thankful for all the great music and memories we have made together," stated Joe Mullins. "He has our best wishes for success out west."
The Radio Ramblers have spent the last quarter of 2012 planning for a busy 2013. With a hit song and album, an IBMA Award and shows all over the US in the new year, the guys are excited to welcome Duane Sparks on guitar and vocals. Duane is from Richmond, Indiana, where he has performed with the All American Bluegrass Band the past few years, becoming a fan favorite on the Renfro Valley shows in Kentucky, and a SPBGMA Award winner throughout the Midwest. "I had the privilege of singing with Duane several times before the Ramblers officially got together," stated Joe. "Duane has years of experience as a member of Gerald Evans and Paradise. He helped the late Gerald Evans arrange and record several songs that have been hits on my radio programs, so I have been in love with Duane's great vocal abilities for years! No, he is not related to the great Larry Sparks, but doesn't live to far from him."
Fans of Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will have ample opportunity to see and hear the new lineup in 2013 with shows starting this month in Piqua, OH on January 12th and Tawas City, MI on January 19th. For more information on Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers including their current 2013 schedule, please visit www.radioramblers.com.
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PATTY PAGE HAS PASSED AWAY AT 85
I consider myself very lucky to have had Patti Page and Ray Price together on a casino show several years ago. It was such a honor to have them both on the same entertainment stage, and their voices were as good then as they were in their early careers. Miss Page has made a mark in the music industry as one of the great voices in all music genre’s. She has kept her name as one of the cornerstones of any music. She no doubt helped lay the cornerstone for the history of music by having one of the most recognizable voices with some unforgettable songs.
As each year passes we continue to lose our legends in all fields of music.
MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE.
Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers in this saddest time of their lives.
Clara Ann Fowler (born November 8, 1927, died January 1, 2013), known by her professional name Patti Page, was an American singer, one of the best-known female artists in traditional pop music. She was the best-selling female artist of the 1950s, and sold over 100 million records. Her nickname was The Singin' Rage (a phrase commonly followed by "Miss Patti Page").
Page signed with Mercury Records in 1947, and became their first successful female artist, starting with 1948's "Confess". In 1950, she had her first million-selling single "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming", and would eventually have 14 additional million-selling singles between 1950 and 1965.
Page's signature song, "Tennessee Waltz", recorded in 1950, was one of the biggest-selling singles of the 20th century, and is also one of the two official state songs ofTennessee. "Tennessee Waltz" spent 13 weeks atop the Billboard magazine's Best-Sellers List in 1950. Page had three additional No. 1 hit singles between 1950 and 1953, with "All My Love (Bolero)", "I Went to Your Wedding", and "(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window".
Unlike most pop music singers, Page blended the styles of country music into many of her most popular songs. By doing this, many of Page's singles also made the BillboardCountry Chart. Towards the 1970s, Page shifted her career towards country music, and she began charting on the country charts, up until 1982. Page is one of the few vocalists who have made the country charts in five separate decades.
When rock and roll music became popular during the second half of the 1950s, traditional pop music was becoming less popular. Page was one of the few traditional pop music singers who was able to sustain her success, continuing to have major hits into the mid-1960s with "Old Cape Cod", "Allegheny Moon", "A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)", and "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte".
Page was born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, in Claremore, Oklahoma, (although some sources give Muskogee, Oklahoma). She was born into a large and poor family. Her father worked on the MKT railroad, while her mother and older sisters picked cotton. As she related on television many years later, the family went without electricity, and therefore she could not read after dark. She was raised in Hardy, Muskogee and Avant, Oklahoma, before attending Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, from which she graduated in 1945.
Fowler became a featured singer on a 15-minute radio program on radio station KTUL, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at age 18. The program was sponsored by the "Page Milk Company." On the air, Fowler was dubbed "Patti Page," after the Page Milk Company. In 1946, Jack Rael, a saxophone player and band manager, came to Tulsa to do a one-night show. Rael heard Page on the radio and liked her voice. Rael asked her to join the band he managed, the "Jimmy Joy Band." Rael would later become Page's personal manager, after leaving the band.
Page toured with the "Jimmy Joy Band" throughout the country in the mid-1940s. The band eventually ended up in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947. In Chicago, Page ate with a small group led by popular orchestra leader, Benny Goodman. This helped Page gain her first recording contract with Mercury Records the same year. Page became Mercury Records' "girl singer."
Pop success: 1948 – 1949
Page recorded her first hit single in 1947 titled "Confess," during a strike meaning background singers were not available to provide harmony vocals for the song. Instead, Page and the label decided to overdub her vocals on the song, in harmony. Mitch Miller, who produced for Mercury Records, was able to overdub Page's voice, due to his well-known use of technology. Thus, Page became the first pop artist to overdub her vocals on a song. This idea would later be used on Page's biggest hit singles in the 1950s. In 1948, "Confess" became a Top 15 hit on Billboard magazine, peaking at No. 12 on the "Best-Sellers" chart, becoming her first major hit on the pop chart. Page followed the single with four more in 1948-1949, only one of which was a Top 20 hit, "So in Love" (1949). Page also had a Top 15 hit on the Billboard magazine country chart in 1949 with "Money, Marbles, and Chalk."
In 1950, Page had her first million-selling single "With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming," another song where she harmonized her vocals. Because she was overdubbing her vocals, Page's name would be listed on the Pop charts as a group name. According to one early-1950s' chart, Page was titled as "The Patti Page Quartet," among others. Towards the middle of 1950, Page's single, "All My Love (Bolero)" peaked at No. 1 on Billboard magazine, becoming her first No. 1 hit, spending five weeks there. That same year, she also had her first Top 10 hit with "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine," as well as the Top 25 single, "Back in Your Own Backyard."
"Tennessee Waltz": 1950
Towards the end of 1950, Page's version of "Tennessee Waltz" became her second No. 1 hit, and her most-popular and biggest-selling single. "Tennessee Waltz" was originally recorded by country music band Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys in 1947, becoming a major hit on the country charts for them in 1948. It also became a major country hit for country star Cowboy Copas around the same time. Page was introduced to the song by Jerry Wexler, who suggested she cover a recent R&B version by the Erskine Hawkins orchestra. Page liked the song and she eventually recorded and released it as a single. The song spent 13 weeks at No. 1 between 1950 and 1951. "Tennessee Waltz" also became Page's second single to reach the country chart, becoming her biggest hit there, reaching No. 2. The song would later become one of the best-selling records of the time, selling seven million copies in the early 1950s, which prompted various cover versions of the song to appear on the charts during the year. "Tennessee Waltz" has also represented the biggest commercial success for the overdubbing technique to date. Today, the song has come close to selling fifteen million copies. It also became the last song to sell one million copies of sheet music, due to the increasing popularity of recorded music. It was featured in the 1983 film The Right Stuff.
Breakthrough: 1951 – 1965
Page with Frankie Laine, c. 1950s.
In 1951, Page released the follow-up single to "Tennessee Waltz" called "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)," which was a Top 5 hit, and also sold a million copies. The next single, "Mockin' Bird Hill," (a cover of the version by Les Paul and Mary Ford was another major hit that year) was her fourth single that sold a million copies. Page had three additional Top 10 hits on Billboard magazine in 1951, starting with "Mister and Mississippi," which peaked at No. 8, "And So to Sleep Again", and "Detour," which had previously been recorded and made famous by Foy Willing and Elton Britt. Page's version became the most-popular and would become Page's seventh million-selling single. She also released her first studio album in 1951 titled, Folk Song Favorites, covers of Page's favorite folk songs. In 1952, Page had a third No. 1 hit with "I Went to Your Wedding," which spent two months at the top spot. Recorded in a country ballad style, the song was the flip-side of one of her other Top 10 hits that year, "You Belong to Me." "I Went to Your Wedding" became more successful, and the single became Page's eighth million-selling single in the United States (ironically, it displaced Jo Stafford's version of "You Belong to Me" at No. 1 on Billboard's Best Seller chart). She had continued success that year, with three additional songs in the Top 10 with "Come What May," "Once In a While," and "Why Don't You Believe Me" (the most popular version was recorded by Joni James).
In 1953, a novelty tune, "(How Much Is That) Doggie In the Window" became Page's fourth No. 1 hit, selling over a million copies, and staying on the best-sellers chart for five months. The song included a dog barking in the recording, which helped make the song popular and one of her best-known and signature songs. The song was written by novelty tune specialist, Bob Merrill. It was originally recorded by Page for a children's album that year. She had a series of Top 20 hits that year. A final single that year reached the Top 5 titled "Changing Partners," which peaked at No. 3 and stayed on the charts for five months. The song was also recorded in a country melody, like many of Page's hits at the time. Into 1954, Page had further hits, including "Cross Over the Bridge," which also over-dubbed Page's vocals and became a major hit, peaking at No. 2, nearly reaching the top spot. Other Top 10 hits by Page that year included, "Steam Heat" (from the Broadway musical The Pajama Game) and "Let Me Go Lover" (the best known version of the latter recorded by Joan Weber). In 1955 Page had one charting single with "Croce di Oro," due to the increasing popularity of Rock & Roll music. Unlike most traditional pop music singers at the time, Page was able to maintain her success in the late-1950s (although not as successful as the early-1950s), having three major hits in 1956, including the No. 2 hit "Allegheny Moon." In 1957 she had other major hits with "A Poor Man's Roses (Or a Rich Man's Gold)" (recorded the same year by Patsy Cline) and the Top 5 hit, "Old Cape Cod."
In 1956 Vic Schoen became the musical director for Patti Page producing a long string of hits that included Mama from the Train,Allegheny Moon, Old Cape Cod, Belonging To Someone, and Left Right Out of Your Heart. Page and Schoen’s most challenging project was a new recording of Gordon Jenkins narrative tone poem Manhattan Tower (recorded September 1956). The album was a tremendous success, both artistically and commercially, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard LP chart, the highest ranking of any album she ever made. Vic Schoen’s arrangements were far more lively and jazzy than the original Jenkins arrangements. Schoen recalled, “Patti was an alto, but I pushed her to reach notes higher than she had sung before for this album. We always enjoyed working together.” Page and Schoen kept in touch and worked together all the way up until 1999.
During the 1950s, Page regularly appeared on a series of network television shows and programs, including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Steve Allen Show. This eventually led to Page acquiring some television specials of her own during the 1950s. Page would later have her own series, beginning with Scott Music Hall on NBC in the 1952-53 season, and a syndicated series for Oldsmobile in 1955 titled The Patti Page Show. However, the show only lasted one season, as did The Big Record on CBS(1957–58) and ABC's The Patti Page Olds Show (1958–59). Page also acted in fims during this time, given a role on the CBS show, Playhouse 90. Page made her film debut in the 1960s, with the 1960 film, Elmer Gantry. Page also recorded the theme song for the film, Boys Night Out, in which Page also had a role, playing Joanne McIllenny.
In the early 1960s, Page's success began to decrease, having no major hits up until 1961's "You'll Answer to Me" and "Mom and Dad's Waltz." Page had her last major hit on the Billboard Pop Chart in 1965 with "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," from the film of the same name starring Bette Davis and Olivia De Havilland, which peaked at No. 8, becoming her last top 10 hit (and her first since 1957).
Adult contemporary and country music: 1966 – 1982
Before releasing "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte," Page signed with Columbia Records, where she stayed towards the end of the decade. She released a few studio albums for the Columbia label in the 1960s. Up until 1970, her singles began to chart on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. Many of these singles became major hits, peaking in the Top 20, including cover versions of "You Can't Be True, Dear," "Gentle On My Mind" and "Little Green Apples" (the latter being her last pop chart entry). Page, who is a fan of country music, has recorded cover versions of many country songs throughout the years. Some of these songs were recorded under Columbia and were released as Adult Contemporary singles, including David Houston's "Almost Persuaded" and Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man." Page left Columbia at the end of the 1960s.
In 1970, Page returned to Mercury Records and shifted her career towards country music. In 1973, she returned to working with her former record producer, Shelby Singleton. Under Mercury, Columbia, and Epic in the 1970s, Page recorded a series of country singles, beginning with 1970's "I Wish I Had a Mommy Like You," which became a Top 25 hit, followed by "Give Him Love," with similar success. In 1971, she released a country music studio album, I'd Rather Be Sorry, for Mercury records. In the early 1970s, she had additional charted hits; her most successful was in 1973, a duet with country singer Tom T. Hall titled, "Hello, We're Lonely" which was a Top 20 hit, reaching No. 14 on the Bilboard Country Chart.
Also, in 1973, Page moved back to Columbia Records, recording for Epic Records (a subsidiary). In 1974 and 1975, she released singles for Avco records again, with country singles "I May Not Be Lovin' You" and "Less Than the Song," both of which were minor country hits. After a five-year hiatus, she recorded for Plantation Records in 1980. In the early 1980s, she also performed with major symphony orchestras in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mexico City, Mexico. She had a Top 40 hit with the Plantation label in 1981 titled "No Aces," followed by a series of minor country hits, including her last-charting single, "My Man Friday," which reached No. 80.
Later career: 1983 – 2013
In 1986 Page and arranger Vic Schoen reunited for a stage show in Las Vegas.
In 1988, Page appeared in New York City to perform at the Ballroom, making it the first time she performed in New York in nearly twenty years. She received positive reviews from music critics. In the 1990s, Page founded her own record label, C.A.F. Records, which released various albums, including a 2003 children's album. In the early 1990s, Page moved west to San Diego, California, and continued to perform live shows at venues across the country.
In 1998, Page recorded her first live album. It was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and titled, Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert. The album won Page a Grammy Award the following year for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Performance which, despite her prolific career, was her first Grammy. In 2000, she released a new album, Brand New Tennessee Waltz, which consisted of new music. Harmony vocals were provided by popular country stars, including Suzy Bogguss, Alison Krauss, Kathy Mattea, andTrisha Yearwood. The album was promoted at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. On October 4, 2001, Bob Baines, the mayor of Manchester, New Hampshire declared the day "Patti Page Day" in the town. Miss Page was in Manchester to perform a sold-out concert at the Palace Theatre to benefit Merrimack Valley Assistance Program.
In 1998, a sample of Patti Page's recording of "Old Cape Cod" formed the basis of Groove Armada's 1998 UK hit "At the River". The lines "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, / Quaint little villages here and there..." sung in Page's multi-tracked close-harmony, are repeated over and over, with the addition of synthesizer bass, slowed-down drums and a bluesy trombone solo to produce a chill-outtrack. The success of this track exposed Page's music to a younger audience.
In 1999, Vic Schoen reunited with Page to record a CD for a Chinese label.
In 2005, she performed a series of engagements at a theatre in Branson, Missouri, starting on September 12.
Until recently, Page was a host of a weekly Sunday program on the "Music of Your Life" radio network. She and Jack White of The White Stripes were interviewed in January 2008, after the White Stripes recorded Page's early 1950s hit, "Conquest" on their 2007 studio album, Icky Thump. Page and White were put together on the phone during the interview, talking to each other about their views on "Conquest."
Until her death in her mid-80s, Page continued to tour, performing 50 select concerts a year across the United States and Canada.
During the time of Page's greatest popularity (the late 1940s and 1950s), most of her traditional pop music counterparts included jazzmelodies into their songs. Page also incorporated jazz into some of her songs; however on most of her recordings, Page added acountry music arrangement.
During the 1950s, Mercury Records was controlled by Mitch Miller, who produced most of Page's music. Miller found that the simple-structured melodies and storylines in country music songs could be adapted to the pop music market. Page, who was born in Oklahoma, felt comfortable using this idea. Many of Page's most successful hits featured a country music arrangement, including her signature song, "Tennessee Waltz," as well as "I Went to Your Wedding" and "Changing Partners." Some of these singles charted on the Billboard Country Chart during the 1940s, 1950s, and early 1960s for this reason.
Many other artists were introduced to Page's style and incorporated the same country arrangement into many of their songs, includingThe Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby, who together had a No. 1 hit on the country charts in the late 1940s with "Pistol Packin' Mama."
In his autobiography, Lucky Me, published in 2011, former major league baseball star and front-office executive Eddie Robinson discloses that he dated Page during the period before her first marriage.
Page has been married three times. She married University of Wisconsin student Jack Skiba in May 1948 and moved with him to New York, but asked for and received a no-fault divorce in Wisconsin within a year. Her second husband was Charles O'Curran, a choreographer, whom she married in 1956. O'Curran had been previously married to Betty Hutton. Together, Page and O'Curran adopted two children: a son, Danny, and a daughter, Kathleen. They divorced in 1972.
Page married her third husband, Jerry Filiciotto, in 1990. Filiciotto died on April 18, 2009. They ran a maple syrup business in New Hampshire and resided in Solana Beach, CaliforniaOne of legendary Hollywood arranger Vic Schoen’s favorite singers for whom he arranged songs was Patti Page. Schoen once recalled, "She was one of the nicest and most accommodating singers I've ever worked with." She and Schoen remained close friends and spoke regularly until his death in 2000.
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